Roberto Fernandez-Centena was still hospitalized under guard at Gwinnett Medical Center Thursday with injuries from the fire at his former home on Daisy Court. Upon his release, he will be booked into the jail on three felony charges: first-degree arson, cruelty to children and aggravated assault, said Gwinnett fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge.
Witnesses reportedly saw Fernandez-Centena enter the uninhabited house with a gas can on Christmas Eve. The child ran to a neighbor's house and later told authorities her father set the fire in an attempt to kill himself.